BY GODWIN AIKIGBE—
Edin Dzeko is happy to have put his nightmarish last season at Manchester City behind him and scored twice on his first outing with Roma during Friday’s friendly with Sevilla.
The Bosnian was unveiled by the Serie A club earlier in the week after was listed among 28 of players who triumphed 6-4 at Olimpico.
More than 40,000 turned out to watch Dzeko make his debut in Rudi Garcia’s new-look side. After the match, the Bosnian spoke positively about his and the team’s display, stressing the aim to work hard over the coming days to be ready for the league opener next Saturday at Verona.
He said: “Yes, it was my first game on the day the team was presented, so there were lots of fans here and I think they saw a good game with lots of goals. Although we conceded some easy goals in the second half, I believe our supporters can be happy with the win.
“First of all, I was surprised to see so many fans here at the Olimpico. I think there were around 40,000, which is a lot for a friendly. I’m pleased; we put in a good performance for the fans and scored six goals. Now we have to work hard and improve, as Serie A starts next season and we need to be ready.
“This was my first start in pre-season. I only played three times for City for around 15-20 minutes. We trained hard last week, which was good for the team. I felt good in my first match and next week, having had more sessions, I’ll be even fitter.”